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Melli Hoppe

About the artist

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Melli Hoppe is a dancer based in Michigan City, Indiana. She has been a teaching artist for Arts for Learning for 17 years. With a B.A. in Dance from Columbia College and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, she introduces students to the fundamentals of choreography to create dances based on the academic curriculum such as math, history, and the language arts. “Dance makes the curriculum come alive,” she says. “I am able to reach kinesthetic learners by integrating dance with other subject areas. Students learn group problem-solving skills and build self-esteem when they work in small groups to create their own dances.” Most young students have little or no experience with contemporary dancing before working with Melli. In this way, she opens their minds to an entirely new art form – and to new ways of thinking and moving. “I strive to make sure students enjoy dancing as they work together with their peers. I also hope to make sure they have a strong sense of accomplishment after they perform for their peers. To learn more about Melli, visit her website.

Programs

Dance and the Environment

Residency

Students will be introduced to the elements of dance through warm-up exercises. They will participate in a group cooperation exercise that involves shape and levels.  Students will learn actions they can take to help care for the environment.

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Life Skills Physical Education Science Teamwork
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: $438
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Water Dance

Residency

Five visits with a dancer focused on interpreting the water cycle through dance. Using a book of illustrated poems as inspiration, students choreograph their own dances that demonstrate states of matter and portions of the water cycle.

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking Life Skills Science
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: $438
Mileage from Michigan City, IN addtional

Creative Dance

Workshop

Seasons, life cycles of plants and animals, feelings, and colors can all be used as inspiration for dance. Beginning with a warm-up that fosters creativity, Melli leads students in free movement exercises and then concludes with a movement activity that addresses classroom themes.

This program meets standards in Flexible Themes Health & Wellness Physical Education
  • Grades: Pre-K
  • Length: 90 min
  • Audience Limit: 20

90 minute Workshop: $150
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Learning Earth’s Processes Through Movement

Teacher Training

Teachers of grades 3-6 will learn how to deepen their students’ understanding of the Earth’s processes using simple choreographic principles such as space, time, force, and motion.

*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

This program meets standards in Science
  • Grades: K-23-5Educators
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300

Three-hour workshop: $563

Weather Dance

Workshop

Weather patterns, the water cycle, and cloud types will be used as inspiration for a dance. Students will learn choreographic principals such as space, time, force, and motion.

This program meets standards in Health & Wellness Physical Education Science
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Double: $75

Mileage from Michigan City, IN additional

Dancing Through the Curriculum

Workshop

Basic elements of dance are taught, while students learn life skills such as focus, problem solving, and cooperation. Students work together to create a short dance. Meet with the artist to connect your workshop with your curriculum.

This program meets standards in Flexible Themes Health & Wellness Life Skills Physical Education Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

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